Folio from a copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d. 1020); Kay Khusraw with Afrasiyab's women

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At A Glance

  • Period

    1493-1494 (899 A.H.)
  • Geography

    Gilan, Iran
  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 34.8 x 24.5 cm (13 11/16 x 9 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number

    S1986.174
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S1986.174

Object Details

  • Calligrapher

    Salik b. Sa'id
  • Patron

    Sultan-Ali Mirza (1478-1504)
  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script; recto: illustration and text, Kay Khusraw with Afrasiyab's women; verso: text, four columns, twenty-three lines; one of a group of seven folios.
    Border: The text and the painting are set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Art of Painting a Story: Narrative Images from Iran (December 22, 1991 to May 10, 1992)
    A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (November 20, 1988 to April 30, 1989)
  • Origin

    Gilan, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Manuscript
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